Saturday, April 11, 2009

The Beetles

The one thing I don't like about Manchester is that it's landlocked.

So we often drive to the coast to look for waders (that's birds not big wellies).
Last week it was New Brighton, a rather sad seaside resort which doesn't quite know what to do with itself. We saw sad shivering little girls crouching behind a beach wall to eat a sandwich and chubby chip eating teens on a half term outing.

Underwhelmed, we decided to visit The Lady Lever Gallery. I was going post about this - but as I was searching for pictures of the naked ladies in the exhibition I found something much better.

Look at this 1962 poster for 'The Beetles'. Does it remind you of Bob Dylon?

Ringo replaced Pete Best in June 1962 and they recorded 'Love me Do' in September of the same year with a session drummer and Ringo on tambourine. The New Brighton Tower (demolished in1921) was higher than Blackpool Tower. The ballroom burned down in 1969.

Here's another poster by a better speller using that terrible word 'combo'.

(John Lennon was asked if he thought Ringo was the best drummer in the world - he famously replied "What - he's not even the best drummer in the Beatles!")



Blogger Scarlet-Blue said...

How old is New Brighton?
Lennon is very quotable!

9:27 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

New Brighton is dead!
He certainly is!

9:33 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

I like the word combo. I like it so much that I'm going to build myself a combominiun at Morecambe and employ dancing dolly birds and Jimmy Saville on turntable duty.

Why was it Operation Big Beat 5? What happened to 4, and what was planned for six?

10:06 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Why Morecambe? Isn't that where Mr Blobby lived?
Why was it Operation Big Beat 5?
Perhaps because there were 5 combos advertised on the poster. One for each shilling.

10:14 pm  
Blogger garfer said...

Did he? Crikey, I hope there's a Blue Plaque (which sounds a bit dental) and a statue of Una Stubbs.

She was a cracking bird, even if Cliff didn't get off with her on the bus.

10:51 pm  
Blogger tony said...

I quite like the word "Combo".'sounds rather medical OR a like a bit of ladies underwear....[or both]

12:50 am  
Blogger garfer said...

Speak English. You must excuse me, she escaped again.

12:58 am  
Blogger xl said...

I like The Rutles.

1:04 am  
Blogger Dave said...

I like chubby chips. Can't be having thin ones.

7:23 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

What with Jimmy Saville, Mr Blobby and Cliff in the comments box - I'll lose my reputation for being at the cutting edge.
But I liked Una.

I believe some kids were sewn into their 'combos' at the beginning of winter and didn't get out until Spring.


Ah - The Prefab Four starring Eric Idle who has the name that describes me.

Me too.
Thin ones make you just as chubby.
But I had to write that 'cos i like alliteration.

8:40 am  
Blogger Rog said...

The "combo" style language reminds me of the New Musical Express which I used to read from cover to cover.
Reviewing the latest beat combo they wouldn't use words like drummer but say things like "Richie Starkie on sticks duties".

10:52 am  
Blogger Steve said...

New Brighton Rock... doesn't sound quite like. The word combo should be reserved for restaurant menus only.

Lennon was spot on. And nothing has changed.

11:17 am  
Blogger Geoff said...

How can you write about Merseybeat without mentioning the great Freddie Starr and The Midniters?

Ringo nicked his name, you know.

12:07 pm  
Blogger CyberPete said...

New Brighton? What was wrong with old Brighton?

12:38 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

Gerry and the "Pacemakers"...

must do well performing in the seniors' homes.

1:14 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

NME - me too - the word 'platter' was also a favourite.
Combo always makes me think of Edmundo Ross.

New Brighton Rock?
Great name for the sequal - perhaps I'll send Dickie Atters an e mail.
Do you mean like surf and turf?

I'm sure Freddie Star was never called Ringo.

I don't know - but I don't think Paul McCartney would ever want to live in New Brighton. It should be renamed Pathetic Brighton.

I don't think pacemakers were invented in 1962.
Gerry Marsden was an ugly bastard who should be thankful for a gig in the mortuary.

2:12 pm  
Anonymous NiC said...

I once went to New Brighton with a girlfriend who came from somewhere up that way. Despite being no great fan of Brighton I did feel that it ought to sue its new was indeed a rather sad resort. Why New Brighton anyway? Was there really a time when folk thought Brighton was exotic enough to want to name their resort after it?

I also liked the Rutles....

1:40 pm  
Blogger Mrs Pouncer said...

Hello, Kaz. Although I sound as if I've never left Guildford, I am a native of Liverpool. New Brighton was de rigueur - as much as anywhere CAN be on Merseyside - when I was little, and so much more convenient than Southport (hard, ridged sands, 1930s lido, quite a schlep back home). It is almost comically run-down now, as you say, and I'm sure I would burst into noisy tears if I made a visit. Luckily, I am far too superior now, loaded and relentlessly cosmopolitan. Noblesse oblige.

5:15 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

You must have liked that girllfriend!
This was my first time in New Brighton - folks from Chorley and Manchester seldom go there - we preferred Blackpool.
I think they considered Brighton was posh and wanted to attract the gentry.

Hi Mrs Pouncer:
I spent many a day out in Southport wondering what had happened to the sea.
After loving the film 'Atlantic City' I have a fascination for run down resorts.
But I'm afraid NB lacked the charm on a windy Wednesday afternoon.

8:23 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to say... "I was sent here by MJ from Infomaniac."

There, done that. Now that I have seen that you are a fun read, I shall add you to my RSS thingy. I'll be reading you.

Hello. :-)

8:48 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humm. Can't follow you or sign up to an RSS feed anywhere. Am I being dumb, or do you not have such facilities?

8:51 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hi Famulus:
Orange square on right of address bar.
I'm coming over to see YOU now.

9:17 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

*waves to Famulus*

Kaz, I've sent you an email.

9:35 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Thanks - all this socialising is delightful - and no need to wear my false eyelashes :)

9:51 pm  
Blogger MJ said...

You could at least try to keep your robe from falling open.

9:58 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

KAZ: Thanks. I've learned something thing new today. :-)

MJ: Stop telling women things like that. You spoil it for the rest of us...

11:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I went to Brighton once. Don't think I've ever been to New Brighton though.

9:01 am  
Blogger KAZ said...

I'll button up my pyjamas.

You're welcome - and MJ needs reprimanding.

It's had its day.

10:04 am  
Blogger Arabella said...

"Combo always makes me think of Edmundo Ross"....Edmundo Ross always makes me think of Cuban sleeves run up at home on the Singer treadle sewing machine.

11:44 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Yes - definitely 'a girl's best friend'.

8:05 am  
Blogger Mr Coppens said...

Poor Ringo. The much maligned drummer wasn't the schmuck that some say. Honestly.

I've always preferred George & Ringo because they weren't cursed with megalomania. Plus I listen to It Don't Come Easy and What Is Life as often as I listen to any of John or Paul's tunes.

The great one-uppance is that Ringo's son Zak (Oasis & The Who)is now spoken of as the greatest drummer in the world. HA!

2:51 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

For some reason the Brits didn't take to Ringo. Kev used to play with his first wife (Maureen) as a kid, so I have to be a fan.
I'm delighted about Zak - I've heard him of course - but I didn't know he was rated so highly.
But we all adore George.

4:34 pm  
Blogger Kevin Musgrove said...

New Brighton's only any use in the winter when it's an excellent place for checking out for rare gulls or purple sandpipers under the railings.

9:06 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Afraid I'm no good on rare gulls - but I love all sandpipers.
I suppose they spend spring in the country having sex

9:30 pm  
Blogger librarylizzie said...

Zac was born in Queen Charlotte's Maternity Hospital in August 1965, same as me, because my mum can remember all the nurses hanging out the windows to see Ringo when he came to visit. A very tenuous claim to fame I know. And I've never been to New Brighton, but have been to Southport...

9:43 pm  
Blogger KAZ said...

Hi Lizzie:
I think that's an amazing claim to fame - though I don't suppose you remember much about it.
Did you see the sea at Southport?
It's pretty elusive round there.

10:49 pm  

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